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I Have a Dysfunctional Family

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    But I love each and every one of them.

    They needn't like each other. I can't force them. But I refuse to be told I have to choose one over the others. I am not that person.
    Serenitree1 Serenitree1 70+, F Dec 23, 2015

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    Omg! I go to bed mad

    and I'm woken up mad. I ordered my family gifts online for Christmas and sent them in the mail to my mom's address. I knew the package would come in the mail today and the plan was to run to the mailbox and hide the gifts until Christmas to create a surprise element. I'm woken...
    RavenS45 RavenS45 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 24, 2015

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    I Wounder why I was born into my family,

    can they never get together without me having to break up fights at 4am every day? can we never just have a nice family holiday together, if that's too much then don't come I am sick and tired of all this ****. thank you dear family for ruining Christmas for the 5th year in a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    As I get older I realize I'm happy I grew up

    how I did.. I'm only 17 but boy have I learned some lessons to use in life. My parents were split and had shared custody of me and my brother week on week off as far back as I can remember. Even though both my parents are struggling in life from completely different situations...
    MacieMakenna MacieMakenna 18-21, F Jan 20, 2014

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    TellySR TellySR 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 7, 2014

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    My family is not dysfunctional

    as it is weird. I guess i consider my family dysfunctional in the sense that by what society dictates a family should behave and be, well, my family is quite far from that. I guess the root of it all is my parents who despite all are together and have never been ashamed of their...
    Gatikasensual Gatikasensual 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 10, 2014

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    AICLUV20132015 AICLUV20132015 51-55, F Dec 7, 2015

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    Oh dear where do i start?

    We don't talk to each other not much any way, and the only thing that brings us to gether is TV. We don't look after each other, we don't chat with each other talking but not chatting, My big brothers and i are like complete strangers I have no clue how old they are and I am...
    comlpicatedguy comlpicatedguy 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 8, 2015

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    I wish I knew what it felt like having a warm

    loving family. People who love you and are there for you no matter what the circumstances are. My family has broken me down to the point I don't want to live anymore.
    foreveralone22 foreveralone22 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 27, 2015

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    Normal

    Funny how I view dysfunction as "normal" until I see what a normal life actually is. Sometimes my family reminds me of a bunch of string, tied together tighter then what is comfortable. I'm the stray piece trying to cut myself loose, but alas, a piece of string has no hands...
    RunningBlue RunningBlue 18-21, F 2 Responses May 26, 2011

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    To everyone who has a dysfunctional family,

    don't let people make you believe your experience isn't important or "bad" if it isn't the worst thing that could have happened. I've noticed that people want to tell people who have dealed-or tried or deal-with unhealthy families to just "suck it up" and ignore their feelings...
    mindofmaster mindofmaster 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 12, 2015

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    If someone is in need of venting call me at

    301-877-8003. I am willing to talk to you and I also need someone to talk to. My family is becoming hard to put up with. I am a great listener and I swear on my life I am not trolling.My name is Danae
    DeadlyArsenic DeadlyArsenic 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2015

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    I don't think there's weakness in realizing you

    come from dysfunction, nor meanness in never forgetting it. I wouldn't have been able to fix my cracks if I didn't acknowledge they were there. I guess the forgiveness comes into play with keeping the cracks fixed. Honesty has been freeing for my personal sanity. My family...
    mindofmaster mindofmaster 22-25, F Dec 29, 2015

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    You have done so many bad things to me.

    Asking you to try to be real with me, my trying to get closure, forgiving you and asking for you to think about how you have affected my life and giving you a chance to show you care, to show you are sorry.... before its too late and you are gone, was a mistake. I don't know why...
    JessygotaBooBoo JessygotaBooBoo 22-25, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    My both of my parents are deceased.

    They had a horrible marriage. My father married my mother because she was pretty and my mother married my father because he had a nice job. They had a bitter divorce and the whole kid thing was sorta confusing. They both passed away in the last 18 months ---I knew more...
    robertsnj robertsnj 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    Just got into an argument with my brother.

    He always talks with such hostility. Every time i tell him that he sounds hostile he denies it sounding even more hostile.
    DeadlyArsenic DeadlyArsenic 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    So my brother dislikes me

    for no reason says am an immature idiot and my sister envies me because my mother says she will leave the house to me since I am physically disabled and can't work. My sister has made a big fight over it now my mom no longer wants to leave the home to me anyway. Well supposedly...
    kryme kryme 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    Christmas, that's the start of it,

    or more Christmas presents anyway. This happens a lot, not just with Christmas but any present giving event. I don't man to be ungrateful but the thing is if people listened then it could be avoided. I'm a stupidly proud person when it comes to money, I don't mind accepting it...
    RaisingCrazy RaisingCrazy 22-25, T Nov 24, 2015

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    I've never really had a relevant way of talking

    about what happens with my family. I have been living away from home for 3 years now. It's only now that I've been back for 2 weeks that I've realized why I left. I was so freaking depressed and fed up when I left. I would have gone anywhere and done anything just to get out...
    arj90 arj90 22-25, M 2 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    At 9:45am i attend work

    and deal with teasing. They would talk bad about my facial features to friends. Many would blatantly look at me and laugh for a good minute with their friends, then have a conversation about me while still laughing and staring at me. At 5:45pm i come home to family members that...
    DeadlyArsenic DeadlyArsenic 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 29

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    For the past 5 years my sister

    and I have been part of a foster family system through kinship placement; We take in removed child from family who have lost custody for one reason or another. It has been a really enjoyable experience, at least until the most recent placement of my young niece and teenage...
    GrimCreeper0150 GrimCreeper0150 22-25, M 2 days ago

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    I'm thinking about going to live with my dad.

    I hate my mom and I can't stand her for 3 more years. A few weeks ago I overslept and missed my bus, I asked her to drive me to school because she didn't have anything that day, she said no. Later, she didn't excuse my absence, and comes into my room and says "well at least I...
    Matthew7211 Matthew7211 13-15, M 3 Responses Jan 7

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    My Uncle has now identified himself

    as female after years of suffering mentally. Though we have never really been close I feel like I need to help him out, my family will not accept him and refuse to call him by his female name. I find this disrespectful, but no matter how hard i try and defend him (it is not just...
    InsaneSusy InsaneSusy 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2015

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    My parents have been disrespecting my feelings

    and putting their hands on me since childhood. I delve into the feelings of disrespect and laughter they gave to me, and beneath that anger were unexpressed feelings I had since childhood. It wasn't sadness although I had some feelings of hurt like I did something wrong but it...
    Dana1111 Dana1111 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 26

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    You Are Not Alone, Take My Advice And Just Walk Away.

    My mother is the definition of pure evil. She let me know at an early age that she hated me. She beat me mercilessly for no reason, has knocked teeth out of my mouth when I was 12, refusing to replace it. Denied me basic necessities, that heaven that I have an aunt who has...
    Amnestic Amnestic 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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    ... but there's love.

    details deleted.
    TheVegemite TheVegemite 26-30 Jan 10

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    My mother is illogical

    and irrational. She is beyond nosy and loves to eavesdrop on everyone else's private conversations. She is an authoritarian type who enjoys criticizing and belittling others, and constantly jumps to conclusions that have absolutely no basis in reality. For her, the only...
    justsharing justsharing 56-60, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    No matter how old I am,

    it still stings to watch the blatant favoritism and painfully obvious way my Mother loves and approves of my Sister over me. Black sheep is one thing, but outright preferential treatment in front of others is unacceptable. I am of course a horrible person for even daring to...
    lavendersea lavendersea 41-45, F 3 Responses Sep 29, 2015

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    Apparently my first cousin moved into the same

    town as my family. We only found out because my uncle decided to tell my father that my cousin had a baby. Apparently my uncle is scared my father might actually talk to his niece. What a crime that would be. My brother is the same way, he no longer talks to anyone from my...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 31, 2014

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    I have my own dysfunction,

    but even that seems minimal compared to the rest of my family. Almost everyone has a drinking or drug problem, most of them fight like it's a second language. There are past suicide attempts, physical abuse, and emotional torture. Everyone blames everyone else for their...
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 16, 2015

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    My parents were alcoholics.

    Now they are elderly. My sister and I take turns caring for them in their home. My alcoholic brother lives out of state. My parents paid off his mortgage, gave him a pick up truck and give him $1,000 per month to live off of. I quit my job to care for my parents. We are their...
    RavenP RavenP 46-50, F 3 Responses Feb 3

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    Ever since I can remember my family hasn't been

    perfect however over the past 4 years I have realized how dysfunctional my family is. A few years ago my Cousin who I grew up with moved into my parents house she moved to get away from her mom and to try to make a better life for her and her 3 kids. At first things were great I...
    patrickwilliam43 patrickwilliam43 31-35, M Dec 11, 2015

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    GlitzandGlamber GlitzandGlamber 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 4, 2015

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    Learning To Accept My Dysfunctional Family

    Everyone wants to have the perfect family. You know, the one where every one loves each other, are happy to be together, and family members gets along well with each other. Holidays are celebrated together, accomplishments are encouraged etc. The fact is, most families are far...
    Amantcul Amantcul 56-60, M 2 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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    My Parents Are Both Dead Now

    And finally I can stop denying how appallingly they treated me my whole life. My mother rejected and ranted and raged at me, my father ignored and avoided and dismissed me. There was no love, there was no attention, there was no contact or intimacy . . .and for years I was sure...
    dispossessed dispossessed 46-50, F 5 Responses Nov 22, 2013

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    kico4 kico4 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 20, 2015

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    It's just what it is.

    A family you can never bind together cuz of pride, hate, envy and so much things going on. Just like that.
    DarkSoul07 DarkSoul07 26-30, F Apr 11, 2014

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    I'm Scared of My Mother

    That sounds lame, maybe, but my mother can be scary. She has extreme mood swings, and even to this day I don't know how to deal with her. She will want to go out for mother daughter time, when maybe the night before she called me full of hate, anger, resentment, etc. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 19 Responses Jul 19, 2009

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    LebensbornProject LebensbornProject 36-40, F 4 Responses Nov 20, 2015

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    Just wanted to thank my parents

    for never signing me up for swim lessons as a child and now I can't take a decent vacation as an adult. Also wanted to thank them for never teaching me how to skate, ski, or snowboard. I can't have fun as an adult now. I've attempted to learn all these things as an adult and...
    rballa rballa 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 17, 2015

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    Right now I'm so mad at the same time I feel

    like balling my eyes out. I can't stand being in this home, seriously! I'm getting tired of it. You know what, I love my family and I miss them when I'm away. When I'm home I try to be nice and create a relationship with each person, but eventually someone does something and...
    RavenS45 RavenS45 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 24, 2015

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    Whoever says they don't have a dysfunctional

    family is just lying to themselves.
    thatgirlkay thatgirlkay 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 27, 2014

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    What do you do with an insecure mother.

    People call me ugly. Family and people tell me we look alike. She knows i get bullied for my appearance. Its like she is consumed by bitterness. She acts so fake and passively says rude stuff. Same thing with my brother and aunt.
    DeadlyArsenic DeadlyArsenic 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Picture it mixture of the Osbournes,

    The Munsters, The Adams Family, now picture taking them to an Opera! yeah that about sums it up...lmao
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 7, 2015

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    I Am Tired Of The Hell That My Family Has Bestowed On Me!!!

    Growing up I had no idea what a normal family was like. I wasn't even aware that mine was abnormal as we were sheltered and I didn't have a frame of reference.  All I knew was that I was unhappy and that it seemed no one got along.  I also knew that my parents argued, nagged...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 6 Responses May 27, 2013

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